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Submitted by Shan

I would like to start with I am 31, started having serious dental work at the age of 4, due to Pyrea of the gums, and uncontrollable tooth decay. In the past 10 years I have had 14 abscesses, 6 of which have been LIFE THREATENING. I will give you tips, but also give you truth to where (WE) will wind up. I type this as I have the most severe double abscess in my 3rd and 5th upper teeth (forehead, eyesocket, sinus cavity, upper AND lower jaw, neck and ear infected)

**TIPS to ease an abscess**

1. NEVER apply warm compresses, as the infection LOVES heat, it thrives for it. Heat will make it spread and get worse. Use ice in a paper towel, a cold pack, or even freeze some rice in a baggie. COLD will take some of the swelling down, and numb the face region.

2. 100% Clove Oil (4mL found on ebay for 3.99 shipped) or using solid clove buds (found at walmart or a dollar store) at the gumline will not only ease alot of the pain and pressure, but it also won't hurt to directly put the oil (or crunch the clove bud) and apply it directly on the tooth or any infected oral area - it works as oral sterilizer.

3. Ibuprofen is about your only help to ease the pain, as far as OTC pills, but the effect isn't long enough to matter. PLEASE, use common sense to not take more than 8 a day, as this will only lead to them not working at all after a few days or a possible OD.

4. Today I was told from a dentist, that if the abscess is low enough (sagging at the gumline) with no signs it's going to drain and you want it to; take a cotton ball or gauze and mix together; 1 tbsp of baking soda and 1 tbsp of salt (I added 2 drops of water) then apply it to the gauze/cotton and put right at the sag or gumline, the infection will be drawn to the surface where it will soon drain or can be poked or lanced to drain (Keep in mind I have been on antibiotics for 3 days and would not do this WITHOUT having them in my bloodstream) - I did this about an hour ago, removed the cotton ball after about 10 mins and there's a worn white slit in my gumline... I expect draining to start soon without me poking at it.

5. If you don't have money or insurance (like me) to see a Dentist right away, then cherish your life and go to the ER. They cannot deny you medical treatment or antibiotics. The best and newest out on the market, that is VERY affordable is Clyndamicin. I just paid 19.00 at walmart to have a script filled of 28 pills. I paid something like 42.00 for a script of 80 of them 4 months ago. If you don't have the money for the script, ASK SOMEONE for the money, or tell the ER, there are samples that will get you through 3 days. Do not do something silly like buy the pain pills and not antibiotics - and NEVER let an abscess go untreated. You can and will die from it*. The ER, if you cannot go buy a script will also give you an IV drip of antibiotics and possibly lance the abscess if there's a white head or area where it shows signs it's ready to pop. Do not try to stab or puncture your own gums without antibiotics... you can die.

*Note - my sister passed away some years back for letting tooth abscesses take over her blood stream and cause organ failure. DO NOT let them go untreated.

6. Find a dentist who suits your needs/financial state! Though I thought I didn't have a chance in heck to find a dentist because of financial problems, lack of govt funding for people who need it, or lack of insurance - There are dentists out there that DO take payments, some require a 10% down payment to pull or surgically remove teeth. (There's also those scary basement, but licensed Dentists, who will pull a tooth for like 40.00)

I will start to get my 5 broken off teeth removed next month, 1 by 1, as I can afford and which are most severe. Then get the other 24 bad teeth pulled as well. NOW... 10 years later realizing the path I'm leading to (the morgue) letting my teeth go isn't worth it. Please take your life into consideration and go see a DENTIST or go to the ER.

**Other Tips**

- I know for some this may be hard, but brush at least your gums and tongue as much as possible with non-whitening toothpaste to get the bacteria out.

- GARGLE.. Use Listerine ...or my favorite: Peroxyl (4.00 a bottle) it really works, and the Peroxide in it gets those places you can't reach, even if you can barely open your mouth. Warm Salt water isn't something that is going to work.

- Never sleep laying down if the abscess is making your face swell! Any Dr or Dentist will tell you, this is BAD. Try to sleep in the sitting position, or if you feel you HAVE TO lay, then do so on your stomach with something propping your forehead so your face is straight. Laying on your back or with your face tilted back can make the abscess go right to your brain and kill you.

-Never think (like I used to) that the infection isn't in your bloodstream until the abscess pops/drains. It is present from the second the abscess starts and will stay there unless proper antibiotics are taken. If you don't finish off the meds, you have a very high chance that the abscess will return and more severe.

*These are the only things I have proven effective or to calm the pain. I have not used the words 'die' to scare people, but it can happen, and does happen often with untreated abscess and can also lead to cancer, tumors and staph infections.

Please seek medical attention if your face is showing signs of swelling, even if you cannot afford a dentist an ER will give you proper treatment. I'd rather have thousands and debt to a hospital then die.

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Submitted anonymously

This is all very true . My brother died from an abcessed tooth as well. Figure out a way to get medical treatment ! These home remedies should only be used until you can get to the dentist

Submitted by Nadia

It's sad that in country such as ours people have to suffer like this, because they can not afford getting their teeth fixed. Your story speaks volumes!

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